[Amateur film: Medicus collection: New York World's Fair, 1939-40] (Reel 3) (Part II)
Detailed documentation of the "World of Tomorrow" in beautiful Kodachrome.
November 19, 2005
Interesting reel here, that covered a LOT of ground, lets not waste any time!!!
We first see a display for a chemical and plastic company. Cant QUITE make the full name of it, but their display isnt remarkable. Just some displays behind some glass. Meh. From there, we go to the curiously named Man: His Clothes, His Sports. Not too sure who the sponsor of this one is either (I suspect a garment company). Love the dioramas on the side of the building! From there we go to the Kodak exhibit! Nice building with photos on the outside.. There are some neat trick photography exhibits you can take pictures of; they have a miniature expo display that you can stand on, and a smaller version of the Kodak building. Of we go past a walkway with some flags, to the Schaefer Center, and their Pavement of Fame, where its similar to the Grummans cement displays in Hollywood, but this appears to be famous dignitararies to the fair, we can see Babe Ruth, Eddie Rachenbacher (??) Lowell Thomas (!!), Bill Robinson, and other unfamiliar signatures. From there we go to the real highlight of the reel. The Swift Premium Bacon exhibit. Theres a crowd of people looking at something.. What is it? We peek in, and theyre all looking at pretty women uh, doing assembly line work putting bacon in packages and wrapping them!! I mean, talk about exploitive! This is of course, much more exciting then the sausage display.. curiously, theres no one hanging around there.. Then we go to another display.. Not too sure if were still at Swift or not, the building seems to have changed shape. The mural invites us to Come On In . We decide not too and take pictures of the 3-man band wearing a curious red brown outfit. From there we stop at Wonder Bakery!! Theyve got a curious display on the right, which looks like some sort of wind tunnel blowing balloons around. In the windows. Theyve got a loop of cute cartoon characters leading us into the bakery. We stop by the Wonder wheat field, which were told, is the first to put in since 1875. And for good reason too! Must make way for progress! We also see a modern scarecrow. I never knew crows were scared of half naked womenFrom there, we go to a Glass exhibit. Did not for the life of me see the sponsor of this huge building. We start by looking at some fun house mirrors! Ha ha! You can see the reflections of the cameraman! Hmm, I thought Medicos was the bespectacled one?? I dunno.. Anyways, we see some gizmos no doubt crucial to glass blowing, and then to a mural that displays, amazingly, that we need Glass everywhere! We then see some neat ship in bottle sort of creation. We see a young kid and what looks like a turbine motor in some glass. And then its off to the glass blowers! A number of people think this show is the cats pajamas. They design plenty of shaped glass. This whole thing runs on FAR too long for my tastes actually. Not too sure why he didnt spend copious amounts of time at the Glass Blowers Hall of Fame earlier on.. Anyways, from there we see people snaking through a line to see heaven knows what, we take a peek outside the glass exhibit, then BACK to the glass blowers! (sigh), By the way, the glass blowers are immaculately dressed! Finally, we get out there and see what looks to be a curious bunch of statues around something. Not too sure. We then see a brightly colored entrance of a exhibit, not too sure what that is either. We then go back on to the main thorough way to the Sweden Speaks exhibit. This appears to be the first country exhibit were seeing. Theres a red colorful horse in front of it.. We see some crown jewels, then back outside where we see the outside of the Three Crowns Restaurant, (because were hungry), a woman passes by in a neatly designed wheelchair. We then see another display, not too sure of its origins, but a weird looking statue in front of it, what appears to be a man on a Cubist horse. We then go around in the garden where the horse is, and no, the horse still looks strange. We then see a water bank and a little waterfall, until we go to the Swedish Arts and Crafts building Heaven knows WHAT kind of items you would find there! (snicker) They seem to sell plenty of fancy glass. Oh. Then we see a unidentifiable building. The flag looks Flash Gordonish. Then, I guess we go into the gardens of the building? After that, onto Betsys! Dairy World Of Tomorrow! Plenty of cows getting milked, in 18th century looking neck braces! The fat ladies peering through the windows seem highly amused. But damn, those cows looked HUGE!! (and somewhat annoyed). Were outside now, and we see a Cow and her calf. For some odd reason, I was somewhat queasy of seeing them with matching mouth restraints. And then boys and girls, the moment youve all been waiting for.. BULL EXERCISES! Yes, at 11:30a, 3:30p, and 6:30p, the cows are walked around. Heaven knows WHAT theyre doing the rest of the time! After THAT, we briefly see a Toronto pavilion! Hey! I want to go in there! Thats my country!! Strangely, the mural looks as if Canada was still in the Ice Age. We then see (but dont bother to go into) the Kraft building, instead focusing on the corn distillers.. We then see a very odd garden, not too sure what those shapes or things are.. Next, a Shimmering display!! Everyone is wowed by that.. I am not too sure of what is happening, are the mirrors moving? Or something else? Hmm We then go to Chase and Sandborns Marionette Show where yes, marionettes of all shapes and sizes entertain the audience! Especially the black kids, which, yes, Medicus has taken shots of once again. Actually, the puppet show looks wild, plenty of puppets, elaborate costumes and sets, they have a can-can number, and even a puppet of Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy! Now, THATS surreal. The crowd goes wild!! (ok, more like mildly amused).
This was an ok reel, too much glass blowing lol. YOU TRY TO FIND ME A REVIEW THAT ENDS WITH TOO MUCH GLASS BLOWING! lol.
March 14, 2003
Glass Blowing, and a good puppet show
Man: His Clothes, His Sports (murals)
Posing beside (and ON!) miniature Trylon and Perisphere
Schaefer Center, Footprints in cement (Babe Ruth, etc.)
Crowd outside Swift's Premium Bacon
Fiddle, guitar and bass trio
Wonder Bakery, animated marquee with 2D walking figures
Wonder Wheat Field (Penelope Shoo, Scarecrow of Tomorrow)
Funhouse Mirrors (shots of the cameraman)
Interior of Glass Pavilion
Large crowd watches glass blowing demonstration
Dairy cows, prize bulls
Chase & Sandborn's Marionette Show (includes marionettes of Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy)